Paramedic Additional Info - Garrett College

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Paramedic Training Program:

Entry Requirements, Accreditation, and More

FALL 2020 Application Dates:

Applications accepted March 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020.

Contact Program Director ( for application materials.

Program Admission Requirements

Garrett College’s paramedic training program is a special admissions program; specific eligibility and admission requirements must be met before acceptance into the program. Prospective students must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age prior to starting class clinicals.
  • Be a high school graduate (GED certificate accepted).
  • Be certified as an EMT (copy of card is required) prior to the first night of class.
  • Be a member in good standing with a company providing advanced life support service in Allegany or Garrett County or have applied for membership before the first night of class.*
  • Provide a current copy of his/her CPR card with the application.
  • Take an entrance exam to be administered by the training program. Candidates should have reading and math levels of at least junior high and an overall passing percentage and percentile to be considered for the program. EMT knowledge is also evaluated in this exam.
  • Be in good health and submit proof of physical exam.
  • Provide two letters of reference–one from a person who knows the candidate well and one from candidate’s sponsoring EMS department.
  • Submit to a background check.
  • Attend a personal interview with the Program Medical Director, Program Director, and the Program Coordinator. This committee will have the final approval for admission to the course. Final approval will be based collectively on results of testing, satisfying requirements, and the decision of this committee’s evaluation of the candidate.

*Candidates who are not Maryland EMTs and/or not Maryland affiliated should contact the EMS Training Program Coordinator to determine entrance requirements.

The College reserves the right to revise program and admissions requirements as appropriate.

Approval & Accreditation

This training program is approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, effective September 2012 and 2017.

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Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
653 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
(800) 762-7157
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
(214) 709-8992 fax

Training Program Outcomes

The over-arching goal of the paramedic training program at Garrett College is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. In accordance with the requirements of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), the Paramedic program at Garrett College is pleased to report the following data:

3 cohort average:

  • Retention: 84%
  • NRP Written pass rate: 78%
  • NRP Psychomotor pass rate: 94%
  • Maryland Paramedic pass rate 94%
  • Job placement: 86%
2014-2016 2016-2018 2018-2020
Rentention 87% 78% 86%*
NRP Written Pass Rate: 75% 65% 95%*
NRP Psychomotor pass rate: 93% 95% 100%*
Maryland Paramedic pass rate: 93% 100% 90%*
Job Placement: 100% 90% pending*


  • * Our program is a 2-year program with graduation on even years. As such, the 2018-2020 cohort is currently in session. The cohort has already tested National Registry I’99 and continuing for National Registry Paramedic (NRP).
  • Outcomes are representative of the training portion of the AAS degree program and do not denote degree completion. The AAS degree received approval in 2019 and degree completion data will be reported in the Maryland Higher Education Databook.

About the Program

Time to complete - This training program operates on a two-year cycle, in which students are admitted in the fall of even numbered years.

Location and schedule – Classes are held two evenings per week from 6:30-10:45 pm, at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident, Md.

Clinical experience - A minimum of 465 hours of instruction is included in the two-year program, with additional clinical hours scheduled by the student outside of class.

Connect with Us

For more information contact Doug Beitzel, Program Coordinator at or by calling 301-387-3772.